“On arriving in Greece, I went straight to the Acropolis” she writes in her autobiographical account.
At the young age of 25, she wasted no time and visited the archaeological sites, photographing the monuments and exhibiting her works. The dedication with which she applied herself to document the antiquities seems to have fulfilled her need to become more deeply acquainted with her ancestral roots, to return to the past, while also presenting her with the challenge to come face-to-face with the greatest monuments of all times.
It is this admiration and her romantic approach of the ancient world that led her to create a body of works presented in the exhibition AGAINST THE RUINS. PHOTOGRAPHS BY NELLY’S FROM THE BENAKI MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVES. Divided into three exhibition spaces and corresponding themes (“Dancing on the Acropolis”, “The Delphic Festivals” and “La Mode Grècque”), the selected images explore the use of the ancient archaeological sites as a background setting but most importantly as asource of inspirationfor her photographic oeuvre throughout the interwar period.
More information at hellenic.org.au/nellys